Only a Mama

You know how people say, “That kid has a face only a mama could love?”  That’s how I feel about my first handspun yarn. I’m excited — I spun that!!!!  It’s awesome!  I MADE YARN.  It feels like a superpower.  Secretly, though, I know it isn’t very pretty. Here’s a preview:


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My Wheel Arrived!!

My spinning wheel arrived.  I bought the wheel on Friday at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana.  Susan told me that by ordering it on Friday, I should have it on Monday.  All day, I was distracted, waiting for the wheel to arrive.  FedEx and UPS deliver to my house late in the day.  I rarely get packages before 5:oo pm, and at busy times of the year (December), I’ve gotten packages delivered as late as 9:00 pm.  Still, I paced around the house.  I randomly peeked out the window at my front stoop, just in case I missed the sound of the doorbell ringing.  Finally, at 6:10 pm, the doorbell rang. My wheel had arrived!!!

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The Fiber Event, Greencastle Indiana, April 18 & 19, 2014

I don’t go to a lot of Fiber Events. As far as I know, there are only two (now three, but I’ll get to that) fiber events that take place near me: Distaff Days in early January and The Florida Fiber In in mid-September. I have not made it to Distaff Days yet because I’m often away for the holidays the first weekend of January. I have been to The Florida Fiber In twice. The third event is the Florida Sheep, Wool, and Herding Dog Festival, which is a new event, held for the third time this year. I have not been to that event before, because I did not learn about it until after the second time it was held.

This year is an exception to the few fiber events pattern. I am actually attending fiber events three weekends in a row. The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana was the first, held April 18 & 19. Second is the Florida Sheep, Wool, and Herding Dog Festival held April 25-27. Third is Maryland Sheep and Wool on May 3 & 4.

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Where Have I Been?

I am transforming this website from a podcast site into a blog.  Even though I only ever released one episode, I’d like to explain what happened and what my new plans are for the site.

When I first started the podcast last fall, I had a great deal of fun.  I recorded 7 episodes, even though I only released one of them.  My launch timing was rather bad, as it coincided with when Blip.tv started kicking knitting podcasters off their service.  I had done a great deal of research on the technical aspects of launching a podcast before I did it.  I had zero experience with how to set up a website, how to edit video, and how to do any of the small technical tasks related to getting a podcast into a pod catcher for viewers.  Through my research I knew that I needed to have a media host, but I had missed the fact that YouTube can not be a media host as you do not have an RSS feed that talks to iTunes or any other pod catcher.  I did not figure this out until I uploaded the first episode to YouTube and tried to figure out how to get the YouTube channel linked to iTunes.  When I started looking into other options, I discovered just how expensive those other options are.

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Episode 1: Hello World

 

Transcript

Show Notes

00:21 Welcome

00:35 About Me

8:22 About This Podcast

10:31 Knitting Plans

 Harry Potter Knitting / Crocheting House Cup Ravelry Group

Pattern Pages for the projects I plan to make in September

My Ravelry Project pages for samples of previously completed items:

  • Salmon Quinn Bag — This is the bag I finished in July and that is pictured in the podcast.
  • Ladder Stitch Dishcloth — This is the first dishcloth I finished, which was not shown in the podcast.  You can see I made a mistake somewhere near the beginning, so it is kind of flared out at the bottom.
  • Pepper Pi — This is the first Kitty Pi I completed, which was pictured in the podcast.

Headmistress Challenge — This is my project page for last term’s Headmistress Challenge, which includes pictures of the bookshelves I polyurethaned.

25:01 Interrupted

Ty Beanie Babies Runner (Amazon.com link)

Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always (Amazon.com link)

My Contract with the Weasel of Wrath (Ravelry post link)

28:40 On the Needles

My Ravelry Project pages for the projects I showed in the podcast:

39:44 Goodbye / Credits